Living Observatory(3 positions) - Technology systems, Design and Communication, Botanical fieldwork

Living Observatory (LO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public interest learning community founded to advance the science and public understanding of ecological wetland restoration on retired cranberry farms in South Eastern Massachusetts.  The LO community includes scientists, engineers, designers and restoration specialists who are involved in a wide range of projects/activities related to improving the practice and understanding the impacts of ecological restoration on former cranberry farms.

The LO community learns through field site visits, long-term monitoring projects, design and use of innovative technology systems, summits, peer reviewed publications, on-site signage and social media.


LO offers up to 3 internships each summer; these internships (listed below) are based in Plymouth, MA, but may involve limited travel to other restoration sites. The internships are unpaid. Group housing is provided for interns who do not live in the Plymouth area.  Internship positions are open to H.S., undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. They are awarded based on passion for wetland restoration and the LO mission, as well as skills and experience in environmental field work, communication design and engineering/AI technology.  Each internship includes a research/educational component that begins with visits to former and current restoration sites; as a research approach is developed, appropriate meetings with LO faculty/restoration specialists will be scheduled.


Start Date: June 15, 2020 or July 1, 2020

End Date: August 28, 2020.


2020 positions and requirements:

  • Technology systems: This position involves working with an engineering PhD at MIT and learning how to install the sensor systems/network he designed. It also involves comparing audio and video streams from different locations. Requirements: engineering and programing experience, an interest in systems design, databases, media production, sound engineering, AI learning systems.


  • Design and Communication: This position includes design of reports as well as social media, and requires excellent interpersonal and writing skills. Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, Word and Excel. Desired skills: Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and InDesign.


  • Botanical fieldwork: This position involves work in a native plant nursery as well as botanical surveys on sites prior to and post restoration. Requirements includes: botanical course work or experience identifying/growing native plants on a farm or in a nursery. A love for plants, and a willingness to spend a considerable number of hours potting young seedlings.  Bonus skills: experience in technologies that can be applied to complex inventories (database, bar-code systems etc.).

Application submission:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] no later than February 21, 2020.


NB: This position is at a non-profit environmental organization located in Plymouth MA.  It is uncompensated. If requested, we provide housing for the duration of the internship.  For candidates who are in University /a co-op, we are happy to invest best efforts to assist you in your securing of educational internships (for credit), financial stipends, financial fellowships or financial scholarships.  You can learn about us and our work at and, follow us on Instagram at “livingtidmarsh”. You can learn more about ecological restoration on former cranberry farms at